I gotta say, I’m impressed with the selection PlayStation 2 Classics available through the PSN. I had originally thought we’d be getting nothing but the likes of Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, and the rest of the guaranteed sellers out there. However, Sony has been doing a nice job mixing up their releases by appealing to gamers from all over the spectrum. Ring of Red, Persona 3, God Hand, and Maximo: Ghosts to Glory are not what I would call super hits, but they certainly appeal to a certain kind of gamer.
For the second week in a row, the program has reached out to those who like their action raw. Sony tapped SEGA’s Shinobi for a surprising release last week, and this week they are following suit with the release of Gungrave: Overdose. Not much can be said about the Gungrave games besides you shoot a LOT of people to the point where it approaches minimalism due to the lack in variety.
While the gameplay is only embraced by the arcade-action loving crowds, the Gungrave games are more well known for their slick anime presentation, from the unique graphic style all the way to the melodramatic storytelling. This is an anime inspired game to the core, and it ironically also inspired its own anime series that turned out to be more popular than the game.
Strangely, Gungrave: Overdose is the sequel to the original Gungrave published by SEGA, which is nowhere to be found on the PlayStation 3, leaving me to wonder if the first one will be entirely skipped. SEGA seems to be the last company out there who would pass on putting one of there games on a digital distribution channel.
Gungrave: Overdose is available on the PlayStation Store for $9.99 as of today. I won’t give it the same stamp of approval as Shinobi, but it’s worth a go if you’re down with dumb anime action.